Oh yes, it is.
Suffice it to say my morning started out well. And last night ended well.
I have learned the secret, too, to at least my personal weight gain/loss issues. It's a simple thing, really, the problem is how to make it a reality now that I am living with someone much larger than I am and with caloric needs that far exceed mine...
What's the secret? What have I figured out, you ask?
Well, it's finally clicked with me, what I was doing differently following the ending of my last relationship which finally allowed me to drop below my plateau and get down to my goal weight and then what I have been doing differently since my boyfriend moved in with me in March that has caused me to gain weight (aside from eating too much, yes, I get that), despite the additional workouts I have added to my schedule.
See, when I plateaued, my then-boyfriend and I would always eat dinner late - he worked long hours, and I felt compelled to cook for him, to try to create that family ideal of everyone sitting down at a meal together, even though it was 9:30 at night. And dinner almost always involved a glass of wine or two. When I got out of that relationship, even though I stopped going to the gym to lift weights on a regular basis, I lost and maintained a 10 pound loss for over a year.
I was eating whatever I wanted....during the day. I ate cookies for breakfast. And peanut butter and jelly whenever I felt like it. Grocery shopping and cooking for one was never much fun, so I grabbed and ate whatever I could find, wherever. I never went hungry during the day - if I felt like eating something, I ate it.
Two things were different, though, when I was maintaining my goal weight: I very rarely ate dinner. Ever. And, drinking alone is just sad, so I stopped having a drink during the week. I still went out on the weekends and ate and drank as much as I wanted, but five days a week I just didn't eat or drink alcohol after 7:00 pm, except on very rare occasions.
Fast forward to today and 7 additional pounds: My current (and last and best) boyfriend also works long hours and gets home late. And I am compelled to cook dinner for him, and it is often 9:30 or later by the time we sit down to eat. Alcohol is more common in my life, too, although not as much as it was in my past relationship. But! This past weekend and during this week, there have been three nights where I didn't eat dinner for one reason or another, and guess what? I have lost two pounds.
Simple as that? Surely it shouldn't have taken me this long to figure that out. But not eating dinner - that's a reduction of 500-700 calories a day in my caloric intake - no wonder I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight when I was single. And to be honest, I feel better when I don't eat late - my digestive system appreciates the break. So now the question is, how do I implement a no-dinner solution in a house with a man who needs to eat dinner?